Beloved and I took a day off from the day jobs and after a lovely lunch at Peggy’s Tea Rooms in Kirkoswald, a long walk on the beach at Maidens and a drive past Turnberry golf course we did something that we’ve promised ourselves we’d do since moving here three years ago…sail on the last ocean going paddle steamer in the world:
We took one of the shortest cruises (due to our own time restraints) leaving Girvan harbour at 4pm and heading out to circumnavigate Ailsa Craig, the plug of an ancient volcano from which the granite to make curling stones comes from.
The steamer has been restored to it’s 1940’s glory and I wish I’d taken a few more pictures of the boat itself:
Reversing out of the harbour gave us a great view of Girvan itself:
The weather was overcast so the photos are not brilliant and as you’ll see it stayed dry but visibility deteriorated during the journey which was disappointing but the journey itself was amazing.
We first of all got up close to the lighthouse on Ailsa Craig that we can see flashing away at night from home and sheer cliff to the north of the isle:
Although I knew that the stone from the isle was mined I hadn’t realised that we’d see evidence of it. Here you can see a makeshift rail track for moving the stone from the quarry area to the jetty.
There are an estimated 37,000 birds nesting on Ailsa Craig which is an RSPB reserve…that’s a lot of bird poop and a terrific noise as we passed:
We weren’t the only ones out on the waters:
We then headed off to explore the boat and found the engine room which was quite a sight to behold (handy tip: if you’re cold, then go down to the engine room!!):
Leaving Ailsa Craig behind we journeyed across the water heading up the South Ayrshire coast towards the town of Ayr taking in a number of sights on the way:
We were saddened to see that the search and rescue team from HMS Gannet had been called out to this accident. Having searched the news in the evening, I couldn’t find any information but hope that the casualty is making a good recovery.
From Ayr harbour we were taken by coach back to Girvan to collect our cars…and as it was after 8pm by then and we were having a day off we went straight to the Chinese Takeaway for dinner :O)
Hope you’ve enjoyed my photo journey on the Waverley.
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